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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 44-47

Evaluation of awareness regarding orthodontic procedures among a group of preadolescents in a cross-sectional study

1 Department of Orthodontics, Rungta Dental College, Bhilai, Chhattisgarh, India
2 Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedics, Maharana Pratap Dental College, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India
3 Department of Public Health Dentistry, Buddha Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital, Patna, Bihar, India
4 Department of Public Health Dentistry, K.D Dental College, Mathura, India

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Madhu Pandey
Department of Orthodontics, Rungta Dental College, Bhilai, Chhattisgarh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2231-0762.131264

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Objective: This study was carried out to know the level of awareness regarding orthodontic procedures among preadolescents as there is very high prevalence of malocclusion. Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted among a sample of 1010 subjects with a mean age of (in years) was 13.02 ± 2.146. A self-administered structured questionnaire proforma was used. Pilot study was done to validate the questionnaire, which was constituted of nine items. The Student's t-test and ANOVA test along with stepwise multiple linear regression were applied for the statistical evaluation of means. The level of significance was set at 0.05. Results: The overall awareness of orthodontist among the school going children was 45.1%. The knowledge of orthodontic procedures was significantly higher among girls (4.46 ± 1.671) when compared to boys (4.00 ± 1.489). When the results were compared according to the area of location most of the students in the urban areas gave a positive response regarding awareness when compared to children in the rural community. Conclusion: This group of preadolescents showed moderate level of awareness regarding orthodontic procedures as they mentioned that it helps in esthetics, better oral hygiene, mastication, and healthy lifestyle.

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